Content Block Preview: South Africa- Speaker Bio


Deborah Matthee is the American Spaces Coordinator, US Consulate Cape Town. As the American Spaces Coordinator, Deb has spent the last 5 years establishing the American Corner Cape Town as one of the leading American Spaces on the continent. Run in partnership with the U.S. Consulate Cape Town, the City of Cape Town and the Central Library, it serves South African youth and entrepreneurs hungry for opportunities to learn 21st Century skills, connect with other global citizens and share ideas. It offers a wide range of hi-tech digital and media resources at no cost to users. Before joining the State Department Deb produced documentary films, audio stories and promotional video content, much of which focussed on human rights and public health. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University. 


Amy Brittain is an investigative journalist with the Washington Post who recently completed a podcast mini-series, Canary, based on her investigative journalism started in 2017. Following the story for over three years, Amy was able to assist two victims of assault tell their story during an era of cultural change. Amy has won several awards for her reporting on gender-based violence and sexual assault, including her 2020 “James Beard Award for Investigative Journalism” for the article that led to the Canary podcast. Additionally, Amy is part of the 2016 Washington Post Pulitzer Prize Team for creating and utilizing a database to illustrate how often and why police shoot to kill and who the victims are likely to be.